UWTSD students perform Gwaun Cwm Garw


Students from the Welsh-medium Performance course at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Carmarthen are preparing to stage Gwaun Cwm Garw, a Welsh adaptation of the powerful drama The Laramie Project, at the University’s Halliwell Theatre from Thursday March 9th until Saturday March 11th.

This is the true story about a devastating murder and its impact on the residents of the small town of Laramie in the USA.

Matthew Shepard was a much-loved and respected student at the University of Wyoming who was brutally murdered in Laramie. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and as a consequence, brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in a number of US states.

After learning about Matthew’s murder, Moisés Kaufman and others from the Tectonic Theatre Project investigated the impact of Matthew's murder on the small town as the world's press descended on Laramie.

The Laramie Project was the fruit of their labour - a drama that has been performed in theatres across the globe ever since.

The Laramie Project was adapted into Welsh by Sharon Morgan in 2007 with the location of the Welsh language version - Gwaun Cwm Garw - changed to rural Wales.

UWTSD students have now set to work with the experienced director and dramatist Carri Munn, in order to present their own special production of Gwaun Cwm Garw which will be staged in Carmarthen this week.

Carrie Munn said: “I saw The Laramie Project in the theatre years ago. After the performance, I sat in the auditorium for about an hour, trying to process what I had seen. I thought about the story for years. When I heard that it had been translated into Welsh, I felt it was time to tell Mathew’s story once again, but this time in Carmarthen.”

Stacey-Jo Atkinson, Programme Director of the BA Theatre Design and Production at UWTSD said: “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome Cari Munn to the University to collaborate with the students on this exciting project. This is an example of another valuable experience for our students - working with professional people from the industry as part of their main theatre module on the Performance course at UWTSD.

“Gaining experience of collaborating with the industry is central to this course and this is one of the main reasons for the employability of our graduates after they leave the University.”

Performances of Gwaun Cwm Garw will be held at the Halliwell Theatre, Carmarthen at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 9th, Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th.

Ticket prices are £5 or £3 for concessions. Tickets can be ordered by phoning 01267 676669 or by emailing jonathan.harries@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476